Tony Baldwin and his team entered the weekend on a 7-game win streak as they took on Mississippi State in a 3-game series in Athens.
The series' first game was on Friday night, and sophomore right-hander Madison Kerpics got the nod on the mound. The UGA offense started the game hot as they loaded the bases in the 2nd inning and were able to score two runs. The runs came off a fielding error, and then an RBI single by Dallis Goodnight pushed across the other for UGA to have a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd inning. Jayda Kearney hit an infield single in the 4th inning that made the Georgia lead 3-0 heading into the 4th inning. Madison Kerpics was terrific in this game as she allowed only 3 hits and had 5 strikeouts through 6.1 IP. Kerpics was then taken out for Shelby Walters and secured the 3-0 victory for the Dawgs.
Right-hander Shelby Walters got the start in game 2 of this series, and she was phenomenal. She threw the first in-conference no-hitter for the Bulldogs since 2009. Walters wasn't the only thing firing on all cylinders, as the UGA offense exploded for 10 runs in this game. They scored 4 runs in the first inning, coming off two 2-run homers from Jayda Kearney and Sydney Kuma. The home run party didn't end there as Jaydyn Goodwin hit a solo shot, and Sara Mosley hit a 2-run shot as well to extend the Georgia lead to 7-0 after the 2nd inning. The UGA offense added one more run in the third inning before Jayda Kearney hit another 2-run homer in the 4th inning to extend the lead to 10-0 to put the game in mercy rule territory. Walters kept the Bulldogs scoreless as Georgia won 10-0 after 5 innings.
Game three of this series was rained out on Sunday.
This team continues to prove why they're one of the teams people need to watch out for this summer at the WCWS. The two-headed pitching monster in Shelby Walters and Madison Kerpics continue to dominate, and the Georgia offense can light any team up for 10-plus runs any time they take the field.
The Bulldogs extend their winning streak to 9 games as their overall record is 27-6, and their SEC record is 7-1. The Dawgs have a big test coming this weekend as they have a 3-game series with #11 Kentucky in Athens. First pitch for game one of this series is set for Saturday at 6:30 PM EST.